Sereno urged to fast-track Ampatuan massacre case

Posted at 09/06/12 2:52 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Ampatuan massacre case has been running for almost three years now, and relatives of the victims are appealing to new Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to help speed up the case.

After two and a half years, the prosecution has finally concluded its presentation of evidence in the bail hearing of Andal Ampatuan Jr., who is the primary suspect in the massacre case.

Included in the offer of evidence are the testimonies of 8 witnesses.
Because of the slow pace of the case several of the victims' relatives have issued an appeal to the new chief justice.

A petition of the Ampatuan family to block the testimony of Kevin Dalagdag, a former member of their alleged private army, has been pending at the supreme court for more than a year.

A petition by former ARMM Governor Zaldy Ampatuan against his arraignment at the Quezon City RTC  also remains pending at the high court.

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